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Balloon Sinuplasty™

Northern California Sinus Center

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The Northern California Sinus Center located at Doctors Hospital of Manteca offers a minimally invasive option to sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis sufferers. This procedure can give new hope to patients who suffer from ongoing inflammation of the sinus lining – possibly freeing them from a lifetime of discomfort.

Until recently, chronic sinusitis sufferers have been limited to two treatment options: medication such as antibiotic and topical nasal steroids or conventional nasal and sinus surgery including endoscopic approaches.While medical therapy helps 75 to 80 percent of chronic sinus patients, it is inadequate for the rest. For those patients, sinus surgery is the best option. However, because surgery involves bone and tissue removal, many patients opt to live with chronic sinus pain instead. Balloon Sinuplasty™ now offers these patients a minimally invasive option to conventional surgery.

How It Works

During a Balloon Sinuplasty™ procedure, a small flexible, balloon catheter is placed through the nostril into the blocked sinus passage. The balloon is then inflated to gently restructure and open the passage, restoring normal sinus drainage and function while preserving the sinus' natural anatomy.

Benefits May Include:

  • Safe and Effective - While use of any surgical instrument involves some risk, studies show that Balloon Sinuplasty™ is safe and effective in relieving sinusitis symptoms.
  • Minimally Invasive - The technology involves the use of small, soft, and flexible devices introduced through the nostrils. These devices gently open blocked sinuses.
  • Reduced Bleeding - In most cases, no tissue or bone is removed in this procedure, allowing for less bleeding. As a result, the need for uncomfortable nasal packing may be eliminated.
  • Fast Recovery Time - Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, patients often return to normal activities after 24 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining. If the sinus opening becomes shut, normal mucus drainage may not occur, and this may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.

What are the common symptoms of Sinusitis?

  • Facial pain, pressure, congestions or fullness
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Discharge of yellow or green mucus from the nose
  • Teeth pain
  • Loss of the sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Bad Breath

How is sinusitis treated?

Medical therapy

Sinusitis is typically treated first with medication. Treatment with antibiotics or topical nasal steroid sprays is successful for many sinusitis sufferers. Inhaling steam or use of saline nasal sprays or drops can also help. However, at least 20 percent of patients do not respond adequately to medications.

Endoscopic sinus surgery with cutting instruments

Sinus surgery aims to clear blocked sinuses and restore normal sinus drainage. The procedure removes bone and tissue to enlarge the sinus opening. The removal of bone and tissue may lead to pain, scarring, and bleeding.

Endoscopic sinus surgery with balloon catheters (Balloon Sinuplasty™)

The technology utilizes a small, flexible, Sinus Balloon that is placed into the nose to reach the sinuses. The Sinus Balloon is gradually inflated to gently restructure the previously clocked sinus opening which helps to restore normal sinus drainage and function. There is minimal bleeding, and many patients have been able to return to normal activities within 24 hours. Clinical research has indicated that the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is a safe and effective instrument in dilating clogged sinuses.

How long does surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ take?

The duration of the procedure varies by individual situations. Ask your healthcare provider for the most accurate answer.

In a study of 1036 patients who underwent sinus surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology at multiple institutions, an average procedure time was 3 hours, including the surgery and post anesthesia recovery time. None of the patients required an overnight stay in the hospital.

How long does it take to recover from a typical surgery using the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system?

Because the system is minimally invasive it is typically used in an outpatient setting. While recovery time will vary from patient to patient, many people can return to normal activities within 24 hours after surgery.

*Information provided by Acclarent Inc.

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